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What are the signs that your blinds need replacing?

What are the signs that your blinds need replacing?


Blinds are a mainstay of New Zealand homes. Often selected for their durability, longevity, practicality and integration with various styles - blinds remain one of the most popular interior design options.

However, even these stalwarts have a best before date. If your home was last redesigned in the 1970s or the previous owners did not take good care of the blinds, there is a chance that your window treatments are starting to look a little tired.

Of course, you don't want to be staring at old blinds in a newly renovated room! So, what are the tell-tale signs that your blinds need replacing?

Venetian blindsBlinds are a focal point for any room.

1) Unable to raise or lower blinds

Blinds are essentially a system with a series of different elements all working together. Over time, the lifting mechanisms, cords or the blinds themselves can start to wear and fray, making it harder for you and your family to raise or lower them.

From a practical perspective, this isn't very helpful with summer just around the corner. The bigger concern is fragile or broken blinds could become a safety hazard as they are more prone to falling out. Not something that you want to think about if you have kids running around.

2) Discoloured blind slats

As a result of the sun damage, your blinds could now be discoloured - often in a yellow shade.

In a previous article, we discussed how modern blinds are designed to absorb UV rays and protect your home from the sun. However, it's safe to say that blinds of previous years didn't have the same technology.

As a result of the sun damage, your blinds could now be discoloured - often in a yellow shade. This is certainly a sign of material deterioration with these blinds not working at their peak any longer. Your best bet will be to head down to Harvey Furnishings and select brand-new blinds in a colour that matches your room!

3) Warped/bent slats

The sun won't just change the colour of your blinds, it can also warp and bend wooden slats if left in direct sunlight/heat for prolonged periods of time. Of course, one of the benefits of blinds compared to curtains is that you can choose the amount of light penetrating the room. However, with a little warping and bending, controlling the sun is almost impossible.

It is important to remember that prolonged periods of high humidity in a room may affect the blinds in the same way, particularly the wooden variety. As a general note, wooden blinds shouldn't be placed in high humidity areas of your home such as bathrooms and laundry rooms. For these rooms consider choosing a faux wood alternative, there are extremely durable and will not crack, peel, discolour or warp and are resistant to UV damage, moisture and mildew.

4) Exposed cords

When you first get blinds installed, you'll notice that the cords are perfectly intact and aligned. As the years progress and the general wear and tear starts to appear, these cords can become detached and frayed. While this makes it harder to raise and drop as per the first point, it also poses a serious safety risk for your kids as well as pets.

This means that when you see exposed cords dangling from your blinds, it's a sure sign that you need to invest in a new set.

5) Pet damage

Pets can add further dust, dirt and scratches to your blinds - making them appear older and worn.

Cats and dogs are part and parcel of family life in New Zealand, but these animals certainly have no clue how blinds operate. Dogs will often just stick their head through the slats to see outside, while cats force themselves through the smallest gap to eye up the neighbourhood.

In addition to the other types of damage listed above, pets can add further dust, dirt and scratches to your blinds - making them appear older and worn. If Jeff the cat has finally broken that blind slat beyond repair, the team at Harvey Furnishings can help pick out a brand new model.

For more information about the different types of blinds, feel free to contact us today.

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